SHREVEPORT, La. - For Ed Hoover, the 2000 season has the characteristics of a '70s comedy sitcom. You see the same rerun over and over again.
The Pro Modified competitor hoped his luck would change this weekend. Unfortunately, the outcome of Mopar World Finals at Red River Raceway was all too familiar to the South Carolina native.
The event would have been the final on the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series. A rain out of the CARQUEST Fall Nationals in Rockingham, N.C. forced a reschedule date of Nov. 4-5.
In the first round of qualifying Hoover was on a run when he felt a bump around the 300' mark. The Paul Trussell-owned entry moved around, slowing at 1000' and coasting across the finish line to a 7.369 second elapsed time. Knowing the run would not be enough to qualify, Hoover bypassed the scales area and the run was disqualified.
The second round of qualifying did not prove any better, Hoover was not qualified heading into the final round.
Hoover's luck appeared to be on the upswing, a 6.441/221.09 effort qualified him #14 in the sixteen-car field.
Saturday's final eliminations paired Hoover against Steve Vick of Mocksville, N.C. The pair left together clocking a 0.465, and a 0.462, respectively. Hoover had problems early and was forced to lift. Vick won the round, 6.359/222.44 to a coasting 8.899/103.09.
Hoover will try to end his season on a positive note in Rockingham, N.C., Nov. 4-5.